Robert Novak Suspended From CNN For Cursing Incident


It’s August in Washington, which means that this is what passes for news…

NEW YORK (AP) – CNN suspended commentator Robert Novak indefinitely after he swore and walked off the set Thursday during a debate with Democratic operative James Carville

…Carville and Novak were both trying to speak while they were handicapping the GOP candidacy of Katherine Harris. Novak said the opposition of the Republican establishment in Florida might not be fatal for her.

“Let me just finish, James, please,” Novak continued. “I know you hate to hear me, but you have to.”

Carville, addressing the camera, said: “He’s got to show these right wingers that he’s got a backbone, you know. It’s why the Wall Street Journal editorial page is watching you. Show ’em that you’re tough.”

“Well, I think that’s bull—- and I hate that,” Novak replied. “Just let it go.”

As moderator [Ed] Henry stepped in to ask Carville a question, Novak walked off the set.This Ed Henry fellow claims he was about to ask Novak some hard hitting questions about the Valerie Plame case, but come on it’s CNN fer Christ sakes, would that scare anyone into dropping an s-bomb to make an early escape?

I doubt it…

Video available at The Political Teen and Crooks and Liars (where you can also find reaction links).

Update: On the other hand, if he was about to get beaten down by the bulky copy of Who’s Who In America on the desk, that might be worth beating a hasty retreat. There’s a pretty damn easy way to find that out (see below)…

Blogopshere Assignment

Since we can see the book on the table, we now just need to see what’s the book under the Joseph Wilson listing. If someone with access to the 2003 edition of the book can scan the Wilson entry, I’ll make sure the wider blogosphere sees it. E-mail me a copy of the scanned image in whatever format is easiest for you…

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